At age 31, New York club veteran Cletus Seldin got a crack at the bright lights of an HBO-televised boxing card, and he made it count. Seldin scored a third round stoppage win over Roberto Ortiz to kick off a tripleheader from the Nassau Coliseum.
Seldin (21-0, 17 KO) was taking a big step up in competition, but he came out determined to not just compete, and not just win, but to do so impressively. He dropped Ortiz (35-2-2, 26 KO) within the first 15 seconds of the fight, and put him down again later in the opening round.
In the second, things just kept going wrong for Ortiz, as Seldin cracked him with another right hand that caused a cut over the left eye. That cut was what wound up stopping the fight in the third, as the doctor advised the referee to call a halt to things.
The official time of the stoppage was 2:43 of round three.
Seldin still has levels to go and stiffer competition to face if he’s going to become a serious contender, but this was a big first step, and you have to imagine HBO will give him another shot on their airwaves as a result of this victory.
“I give myself an A!” Seldin told HBO’s Max Kellerman. “I could’ve took him out a little bit earlier, but I showed my determination, I kept coming, trying to land that big shot. I could do it with either hand, I was really trying to set him up. You could see how rough and tough and old school style I fight. You gotta be in great shape to take me down.”
Seldin added, “I put the work in. You can see what happens, just going three or four rounds with me. I am a wrecking machine from Long Island!”
Here’s a look at the first knockdown of the opening round on the big right hand from Seldin:
.@LifeOfCletus hammers Roberto Ortiz for an early first-round knockdown #SeldinOrtiz pic.twitter.com/7Y3zgamOZ8— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) November 12, 2017
Here’s Seldin busting Ortiz open in the second:
.@LifeOfCletus draws blood from Roberto Ortiz early in their super lightweight bout. #SeldinOrtiz pic.twitter.com/it1f0WDldw— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) November 12, 2017